Embroidered picture: Pieta for Greek Orthodox Church

16th–17th century

Object Place: Europe (Eastern)


66 x 85 cm (26 x 33 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silk satin with silk, and gold and silver colored metal thread embroidery, silk plain weave, linen with ink inscription, and linen lining

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Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



The Lamentation. The Virgin Mary supports Christ’s head with Mary Magdalene behind her. John, flanked by two lamenting women, kisses his hand wile Joseph (?) supports his feet. Background, the cross flanked by the sun and moon and a pair of angels. Foreground, in a smaller scale, Christ rising from the tomb surrounded by the three Marys and others. Metallic and polychrome silk yarns, flesh areas worked in split stitch, on a red silk ground. Pieced red silk border. White cotton outer border with Greek inscriptions. Ground worn; minor repairs; borders worn.

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection